Women's Empowerment

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Sierra Leone forum condemns violence against young girls

Following an alarming spate of rapes in Sierra Leone in the first 3 months of 2010, a Civil Society Organizations (CSO)-UNDP forum has called for a vigorous response to stop human rights violations and criminal acts against young girls. “We condemn in the strongest terms such despicablemore

UNDP Chief Helen Clark meets Indian Prime Minister

UNDP-India to explore ways to expand and deepen partnership in India and globallyNew Delhi -- On 11 March 2010, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark met with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the last day of her five-day official visit to India. Theymore

Sierra Leone: sexual violence remains unpunished

In calling for the media to take a more pivotal role in combating Sexual and Gender based Violence (SGBV), Samuel Harbor, UNDP Deputy Country Director said, “inequalities between men and women (in Sierra Leone) are some of the worst in the world with Sierra Leone at the bottom of the UNDPmore

Millennium Development Goals must be met, UN Secretary-General says

Report provides basis for Government negotiations on action plan to 2015 deadline UNITED NATIONS, NEW YORK – With only five years left until the 2015 deadline to achieve the Millennium Development Goals, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is calling for the adoption of a globalmore

Asian migrant women face vulnerabilities in the Arab States

UNDP report outlines protection policies for countries receiving and sending migrant womenManila - Despite the substantial economic benefits that Asian women migrant workers generate from their work in the Arab region, they often migrate under unsafe conditions, are targets of sexualmore

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Breaking the glass ceiling in India

Women leaders confront gender inequality in India (UNDP INDIA) India has a rich history of women in positions of power, yet the country ranks 129 out of 146 countries on the Gender Inequality Index, and women in India face barriers at all levels in areas such as food insecurity and education. Tomore

UN hosts the world premiere of ‘One Day on Earth’

On 22 April 2012 – Earth Day - the feature length documentary film produced by One Day on Earth will be screened on the same day in over 170 countries worldwide, in collaboration with over 80 UNDP Country Offices. On the same day the New York world premiere will take place in the UN Generalmore

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Boosting indigenous peoples' political participation crucial for development, says UNDP

New York – Around 100 officials from Mexico and other Latin American countries, indigenous peoples’ representatives and non-governmental organizations gathered today in New York during the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Peoples (7-18 May) to discuss how to increase indigenous peoples’ politicalmore

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Guidebook launched to promote women’s participation in politics

With women underrepresented in high level politics and decision-making the world over, a new Guidebook produced by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the National Democratic Institute (NDI) is showing political parties how they can begin to redress this imbalance by supportingmore

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Sierra Leone: Saturday courts tackle gender-based violence

Freetown, Sierra Leone – Survivors of sex- and gender-based violence in Sierra Leone are having their day in court, as the judiciary now sits on Saturdays in a critical first step towards clearing an estimated 700-case backlog. In the year since their inception in February 2011 the Saturday courtsmore

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New UNDP documentary shines light on political inequality in Thailand

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Royal Thai Government launched today March 8, International Women’s Day, The Glass Ceiling, a 30-minute documentary which depicts the challenges women face when seeking public office in Thailand, also addressing policy options to improvemore

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Rebeca Grynspan: Rural women want what we want

“Rural women want to have the freedom to choose a life that they value”. wrote Rebeca Grynspan, United Nation’s Development Programme (UNDP) Deputy Chief during her Facebook chat on International Women’s Day. At UNDP’s office in New York, Ms. Grynspan replied to live questions coming in from aroundmore

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UNDP, Liberian President join efforts to support market women

New York - The United Nations Development Programme and a fund that is working to boost the livelihoods of women farmers, traders and wholesalers in Liberia, have unveiled a new video documentary to inspire efforts to support similar women’s groups across the African continent. Supported by UNDP,more

Rwanda: Women helping lead country’s transformation

The people of Rwanda have been working tirelessly to put their country’s tumultuous past behind them, paving the way towards a more promising future where peace and stability are helping transform the country into one of Africa’s fastest growing economies. Yet in this East African country –more

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Media and technology help boost indigenous peoples’ political participation

The UN Development Programme (UNDP) is using information technology to create networks for indigenous peoples in Latin America aiming to boost their political participation. Focusing especially on the young population and women, the regional initiative is also providing training for hundreds ofmore

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